That Meltdown!

Preventing and managing meltdown moments at home, in school and everywhere in between

Understanding Difficult Behaviour – Chris Barson

Understanding difficult behaviours starts with understanding the learner or young person with autism. There are no quick fixes. Understanding how autism affects each learner is the key to more successful support. 

Difficult moments happen – it’s nobody’s fault.  In Chris’s session, you will discover strategies to make difficult behaviour happen less, and reduce their impact when they do.

Environmental influences – Richard Hirstwood

The influence of the environment can have a huge impact on difficult behaviour.Constant anxiety about overwhelming sensory stimuli increases the risk of difficult behaviour.  Underwhelming sensory stimuli can be disruptive, as the learner ‘seeks’ undetectable but necessary stimulation.  Both combine to reduce successful learning.

In Richard’s session, you will understand the critical impact the environment can have on behaviour and learning.  To assess this impact, we introduce you to the Environmental Audit. This tool will enable you to audit the environment and identify changes which will support a learners positive behaviour and successful learning.

Positive Technology – Carol Allen

Technology can be a force for good and the cause of negative behaviours for learners with autism, in school and at home.  Carol addresses how to incorporate technology, however simple or complex, into daily life without it causing stress and/or conflict.

She shares practical and effective strategies from providing a voice; ideas for sensory self regulation to safety in the online world.

In Carol’s session, you will learn how positive technology supports learning, leisure and access to the wider world of work and connection and why it’s so crucial to get it right!

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the day you will:

  • have a range of tools to help you understand difficult behaviours in autism
  • understand how sensory differences in autism affect learning
  • understand how individualised positive and protective strategies support successful learning
  • identify links between specific sensory and environmental stimuli and a learners behaviour
  • react to critical incidents in a positive confident way
  • reduce behaviours which affect learning and well being
  • understand how to audit the environment to support successful learning
  • understand why a low arousal environment supports learners with autism and how to create one
  • understand strategies to manage the fine balance between technology for support and technology as a cause of stress or conflict
  • identify effective and practical ways to use technology to support positive living and learning experiences

Mind that Meltdown!

Positive approaches and practical strategies.

With Carol Allen, Chris Barson and Richard Hirstwood.

29 November – London

4 December – Manchester

9 December – Birmingham

Who is presenting?

Chris Barson, founder of Positive about Autism, but previously the external training manager for the NAS, is a highly experienced presenter in the field of autism.

Richard Hirstwood is a dynamic, motivational and accomplished international presenter in the field of multi-sensory learning.

Carol Allen is an education advisor for ICT and Inclusion, currently offering specialised support to Local Authorities; schools; parents and carers and a wide range of educators across the world.

Who should attend?

This will be appropriate for classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings with specialist SEN provision and early years settings, who are working with pupils with PMLD/ CLDD.

Course notes?

The learning continues after the course has ended with an online copy of all pertinent presentations, video & documents from the day on our website, for you to share with your colleagues and continue your learning journey long after the training has finished!

Times & housekeeping? 

Times & housekeeping? We begin the day from 9am with coffee and registration with presentations beginning at 9.30am. We will finish around 3.30pm. All refreshments and a lovely lunch are provided! Please let us know on your application form if you have any specific dietary requirements. Please note, we always cater for vegetarians.


£265 plus VAT per place including refreshments & lunch.

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